The museum's Trustees and staff oversee the running of the museum and work in partnership with the volunteers and local community.

 

Our Trustees

Jennifer Barback

Jennifer is an experienced museum professional.  She completed her first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University in 2002 and then went on to study Heritage Management.  Jennifer is also an Associate Member of the Museums Association.  She has worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge before taking on her current role as Curator of Whittlesey Museum.  In her spare time she acts as a mentor to museums which do not employ a museum professional.

Katy Bailey

Katy is an artist and psychotherapist based in Cambridge.  Her family has been involved with the Pumping station since 1902 when her great grandfather, Charles Copeland, was the Engineer in Charge and lived in the Engineer's House.  For many years her uncle, Roger Bailey, was also a trustee.  Katy organies the annual Open Studios summer art exhibition at the Museum which attracts hundreds of visitors.  She is now heading the committee to raise funds to restore the Engineer's House. 

Mike Blackburn

Mike is a Chartered civil engineer with over 40 years’ experience of developing, supervising and managing civil engineering projects, mostly in the water and wastewater sector. After graduating from Leeds University in 1972 he worked as a construction engineer for contractors in the North of England. In 1975 he joined the Anglian Water Authority, Ely Sewage Division as an Assistant Engineer.

In 1977 he joined consultants Sir M MacDonald and Partners (now Mott MacDonald - MM) in Cambridge as an assistant engineer designing buildings, reservoirs and pipe networks for projects in the Middle East and Africa. From 1980 until 1989 he was based overseas, initially as a Resident Engineer supervising construction of water supply schemes in the Middle East, then as a project manager in Malaysia managing the design of 50 water supply projects in Northern Malaysia.

He returned to the UK in 1989, and in 1992 was appointed Divisional Director, responsible for strategic planning, business development, financial planning and management of a part of the Mott MacDonald Group. Up to 1996 he was instrumental in developing MM’s UK water business, after which he became increasingly involved in overseas work, until by 2005 he was responsible for planning and management of MM’s international water and wastewater business. In 2009 he was appointed Group Practice Manager, responsible for the technical performance and development of the Group’s water and environmental sector, which comprised 2500 staff with an annual fee turnover of £190m. Mike retired from Mott MacDonald in 2013.

John Durrant

John Durrant was for many years a Cambridge City Councillor for Abbey Ward, serving as mayor of Cambridge in 1996/97.  He runs Newmarket Open Door, a charitable business in Newmarket.  John is a local historian who has given talks and written on the history of Cambridge. 

Peter Filby

Peter Filby is a longstanding member of the Cambridge Industrial Archaeology Society and many other historical and heritage bodies. He worked for many years at the Science Reference Library of Cambridge University and has an extensive knowledge of local history. 

David Gates

David Gates has been involved with the Museum since he was a child.  His day job is as an organ builder but his real passion is for steam engines and he is to be found throughout the summer exhibiting traction engines at shows across the country.  David leads on maintaining and, when the boiler was in service, running the Hathorn Davey engines and for past two years has provided the only steam to be seen at the Museum with his engines Talos and Lady Anne.

Jon Harris

Jon has lived in Cambridge since 1961. For 30 years he taught at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology/Anglia Ruskin University Art School, is an architectural draughtsman and map-maker, and has painted many Cambridge subjects. He has a lifelong interest in history, industrial archaeology, and industrial buildings, having volunteered at Hinxton Watermill, conducted walks for the Victorian Society, and been active in recording and preserving historic Cambridge’s cast-metal street signage. He loves maltings, limekilns, potbanks and drainage engines and is involved in two heritage railways. He is a co-opted member of Cambridge City Council’s Design and Conservation Panel, and has been involved with the conservation and recording of various historic sites including the Leach family’s craft workshops behind City Road. 

John Little

John Little started volunteering at Cambridge Museum of Technology in 2009. He has been leading the Heritage Lottery Fund project Sewage, Steam and Semiconductors and became a Trustee in order to oversee the bidding, procurement and appointments of contractors, architects etc.  His last paid role was as a director of Cambridgeshire County Council. He recently completed a Diploma in Local History at Cambridge University and also has interests in, and has published on, the history of Teesside. 

JOSEPH DIVANNA

Joe DiVanna is the Managing Director of Maris Strategies, Ltd., a Cambridge-based think-tank for business and financial services.  He provides strategic consulting services worldwide to the banking industry, technology companies, governments, educational centres, professional service firms, manufacturing companies and many other businesses.  Joe has lectured across the world at institutions including Harvard Law School (Harvard University) , Møller Centre, Churchill College (University of Cambridge), All Souls College (University of Oxford), Heriot-Watt University, Gordon Institute of Business Sciences (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Dubai University College (United Arab Emirates), University of Jordan (Jordan) Strathmore University (Kenya).

 

Our staff

Pam halls

Pam Halls has been involved with Cambridge Museum of Technology since 2000, as a museum mentor, consultant, and volunteer. She was appointed Curator of the Heritage Lottery Fund project Sewage, Steam and Semiconductors in 2015. Her passion is Cambridge local history and her working life has been dedicated to it. Before coming to Cambridge Museum of Technology, Pam worked at the Museum of Cambridge and with the County Archaeologist, Alison Taylor. Pam also pursues her passion in spare time, working on a pet project about the social history of the building trade in Cambridge.